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How to Style a Short Bob Haircut

Updated on January 14, 2019
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Evie Sparkes is a published novelist. Evie has a passion for fashion, hair, make-up and skin-care.


The Basic Short Bob

Your very basic bob haircut is as the Vidal Sassoon blunt cut with no layering. It falls around the jawline and is pretty unforgiving.

This blunt cut is best suited to petite faces.


The Layered Bob Cut

This is perhaps the most flattering of all. It allows your hair to fall softly and with no harsh lines, it will suit most face shapes.

You can wear this style super short or shoulder length, either looks good.

My Short Bob - Curled Using A Wide Barrel Wand.

Up Do's For Short Hair

I think a lot of women assume that if they cut their hair, they won't be able to wear it in any other way other than as it falls. Not so...

I regularly change my style up. I wear it half up and half down, I can just about get it all back if I bobby pin the hair that won't go into the band.

Braiding is very of the moment. Taking some hair from the side and braiding it back looks chic and is a great way of showing off those cheekbones!

How To Blow dry Short Hair

Don't worry about blow drying your hair to perfecting. I generally blast mine until it's almost completely dry and then finish it off with a paddle brush, just to make it a little smoother. My hair has been coloured so much over the years and it's become very porous. It never fails to look fluffy if I don't use a brush on it.

Don't part your hair until it's dry, push it away from your face and then tip your head upside-down for volume.

Next find your part and brush it into place.

Is it finished? No! This is when you can start to bring your creation together.


Finishing Your Freshly Blowdried Hair

Once I have blasted my fluffy hair dry, I like to run the straighteners over it. I over-direct my hair (to the side I don't part it) I then flick it back. This gives it more volume and the front hair has way more lift. I use these Kipozi Pro Straighteners as I just love them. They heat up right away and give a really smooth finish.

I then add some serum to smooth it out a little more.

I like to tease the roots at the back and make that bit look a little messy. I am not one for a completely sleek hair-do.

Next I spray some firm-hold hairspray. My straight hair is finished!

Curling Short Hair

Yes it is possible to add a curl to your shorter hair. It just takes a little practice and imagination. Don't set the curls too tight or you might look all 'Shirley Temple' and that's not the on trend edgy look you're going for!

Using Straighteners To Curl

As a quick method, I like to use my straighteners to add curl. I pull the hair away from my face and just bend it slightly, whilst pulling it carefully, as you might add curl to a ribbon with scissors. This gives my hair a little curl, but not too much.

I like to pull out random pieces and leave them straight. It's the effortless look I'm going for here. You know, the casual boho chic, look at me I still look good, even though I haven't much bothered look.



I love the top-knot styles. Mainly one on each side pulled up high. I think they look really cute and suit both the shorter bob and longer shoulder length styles.

Dress the knots up by wrapping them with ribbon, or jewelled bands. Pop in a headband at the front for some extra style for a night out.

Check out Chloe Brown (above) She demonstrates the style to perfection. Her hair is super-short and still looks great.

If you are in need of inspiration then I recommend taking a look at her channel.

A Hair Cut Is Liberating

Really, cutting off your hair is really liberating. When I get mine cut after several months of thinking I want to grow it, I immediately feel liberated. Short hair shows off your best features and it's interesting.

I like a bit more of an edgy look when it comes to my hair. Everyone has long hair anyway, who wants to be like everyone else? Not me!


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